According to this answer, the gas cost of keccak256 is:

30 gas + 6 gas for each word (rounded up) for input data to a SHA3 Keccak-256 operation

I'm assuming that the size of a word is 256 bits and the size of a character is 8 bits.

Hence the gas cost keccak256("abc") or any other string of up to 32 characters is 36 gas units.

Is my assumption correct?

If yes, is my conclusion correct?

Thank you!

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Yes, you are exactly correct, except for the empty string.

keccak256("") costs 30 gas.

keccak256("0") costs 36 gas.

keccak256("0123456789ABCDEF0123456789ABCDEF") still costs 36 gas.

keccak256("0123456789ABCDEF0123456789ABCDEF_") costs 42 gas.

These gas costs do not include costs other than the actual KECCAK256 opcode, such as pushing the pointer and length of the input onto the stack.

  • Thank you very much! BTW, no null-character issue (i.e., a string of 32 characters would cost 40 gas units)? Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 11:50
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    @goodvibration No, 32 characters costs 36 gas. Solidity stores the length of the string before the actual string characters. It does not use a null terminator like C.
    – Jesbus
    Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 11:52

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